London: John Murray, 1837.
First edition. Portrait by D. Maclise, illustrations by Henry Alken. Pp. xx, 301, [1, imprint], plus publisher's advertisements: [2, Standard works], 4 [Goldsmith’s works], 4 [List of Books], back, 8 [ads dated March 1837]. 1 vols. 8vo. Presentation Copy to his Patron. Original green cloth stamped in gilt. Bookplate of Wm. F. Morgan and another. Bright fresh copy, inner hinges cracked but holding, else near fine. Green cloth folding box. Podeschi 152; Higginson pp. 52-5; Andrews, Tally Ho! 62; Biscotti, Six Centuries of Foxhunting, p. 62. Item #312727
Apperley had been obliged to resign himself to residence in France to escape debts following the sale of the Sporting Magazine in 1830, but he continued to write from his exile near Calais and produced some of his finest work.
At the time of the book’s presentation "With Nimrod's dutiful respects to his Royal Highness, The Duke of Orleans." to the Duke of Orléans, the eldest son of King Louis Philippe of France, Apperley was engaged in overseeing the translation of his writings published the following year as Nemrod, ou L'Amateur des Chevaux de Course ... dédié à Son Altesse Royale le Duc D'Orleans (Paris, aux frais de l’Auteur, 1838), i.e., Podeschi 157.
"Improvident, flamboyant, fascinated by the panoply of wealth and the aristocracy that Surtees was soon to satirize, Nimrod was a writer of enormous capability, and his social recordings of hunting's golden age remain unsurpassed" (Andrews).
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